French course in Paris
Our school in Paris
Our French courses in Paris take place in the north of the 8th arrondissement. This chic and bustling district is known for its Hausmann architecture and some of the city’s best sights, such as the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and Place de la Concorde. Art museums surround the language centre, and popular attractions like Sacré-Cœur basilica, Palais Garnier, and Parc Monseau can be reached on foot within 20 minutes. More distant attractions like the Louvre, Trocadéro Gardens, and the Petit Palais can also be reached within 20 minutes, this time by metro. This ideal placement means the delights of Paris are at your fingertips as soon as your lessons have finished.
Language tuition takes place in one of the stunning 19th-century buildings the city is so famous for. This 5-storey mansion has elevators and is therefore wheelchair accessible. It has 18 classrooms and 2 terraces granting stunning views across the city’s skyline. The building also has an interior courtyard and a library. The premises are used by a local writing school, so you’ll be able to practice your newly developed French skills with native Parisians outside class! Wi-Fi is available throughout the building, and nearby public transport links grant unfettered access to the myriad attractions of this amazing, cosmopolitan capital.
As part of a group of language centres which was established in 1978, our Paris school benefits from over 40 years’ collective experience teaching French to international students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. It has Qualité FLE accreditation from France’s Ministry of Education and is a member of quality-control organisations like the International Association of Language Centres (IALC), Eaquals, and Campus France. Its programmes are also recognised by the governments in Sweden and Germany and are thus eligible for CSN and Bildungsurlaub funding. Its location in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful and dynamic capital cities makes this school one of our most popular French-language facilities.
Variously known as the City of Light, the City of Art, and the City of Literature, Paris has earned its place as one of the world’s most famous cities. With a history spanning over 2,500 years, it has been a key economic, cultural, and political hub for centuries. This legacy has attracted some of the world’s greatest artists, architects, philosophers, and intellectuals, who have contributed to the city’s reputation as a powerhouse of exceptional literature, music, and fine arts. Paris is a city of perfectionism, of haute cuisine and high fashion, of world-class cinema and high-quality education, and of ground-breaking inventions including photography, the stethoscope, braille, and the aqualung. It is home to a huge wealth of cultural attractions, with some of the planet’s most recognisable landmarks and some of the best museums and galleries anywhere. With countless districts to explore - each one with its own unique character - you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do when you attend one of our French courses here!
The earliest records of life in Paris date back several thousand of years, to a time when a Celtic tribe named the Parisii - from which the city takes its name - founded trade routes along the Seine. Relics from this time, and the later Roman city of Lutetia, can be found in the Carnavalet Museum, which is less than 20 minutes’ walk from our Notre-Dame school. Here you can also learn how the city withstood successive invasions in the Middle Ages, delve into the tumultuous French Revolution, and see artefacts from the 19th century Golden Age of Parisian Art. As well as that world-famous symbol of the city, the Notre-Dame cathedral, history buffs should also be sure to visit what is left of the Palais de la Cité complex. Here you can stroll through incredible medieval halls, see the stunning stained-glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle church, and learn more about the Conciergerie, the former prison where Marie Antionette spent her final days.
More modern - but no less popular - attractions include the iconic Eiffel Tower, which was built for the 1889 World’s Fair and which is just 15 minutes’ walk from our Victor Hugo language centre. Another of the city’s world-famous landmarks, the tower is emblematic of the artistic flair which gripped Paris during the 19th and early 20th centuries and which attracted such greats as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Jean Metzinger. If you dare, brave the 276m-climb to the tower’s top level for unparalleled views over the city. Culture vultures should also visit the Pompidou Centre, home to the vast Public Information Library, the National Museum of Modern Art, and the IRCAM musical science centre. If you don’t manage to make it here, Paris has over 130 museums and art galleries, so you’re sure to get your fill of culture!
There are so many notable attractions in Paris that it’s hard to enumerate them all here. If you prefer to avoid the usual tourist routes, though, a great way to get an insight into Parisian life is to visit one of its many cafés. Paris’ coffee houses were once the political and artistic nerve-centre of the city, and they remain popular today. You’ll find one on almost every corner; grab a newspaper or take your schoolwork and enjoy a café crème while you soak up the bustling atmosphere of these interesting places. Institutions like Le Select in Montparnasse and Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain were particular favourites of clientele like Simone de Beauvoir, Ernest Hemingway, and Jean-Paul Sartre, so they’re definitely worth taking the time to see. However you spend you time in Paris, your immersive experience is guaranteed to be unlike any other.
Courses in Paris
The core Intensive programme at our Paris school consists of 20 group lessons per week in classes of no more than 12 students. This limited size means each student benefits from lots of language practice and highly personalised attention from the teacher, giving them the best chance of success. Classes take place between 09:00 and 12:15 Monday to Friday. You will take a level test in advance and have a short oral assessment upon arrival. This methodology ensures that everyone receives appropriate tuition and therefore has the best chance of improving their language skills.
If you want to make significant progress, you can attend one of the school’s more rigorous Super-intensive courses. By selecting one of these, you’ll add 6 or 10 further group lessons per week to your core Intensive programme. The extra lessons cover communication or cultural topics. This extra study time will help you to strengthen your language skills and speak with confidence in no time at all.
Please note: if you have no previous experience with French, you will need to start your course on a specific date - contact us for available start dates for beginners.
The most efficient way to maximise your progress is to take private lessons. The standard package consists of 20 one-to-one classes per week, though bespoke packages are available on request. These sessions will give you the undivided attention of the teacher and thus allow you to tailor your tuition to your own exact requirements. This means that private lessons are also a great option for students who feel they need extra support with their studies or who want to cover specific topics during their time in Paris. However you use these lessons, you’ll find that you make unparalleled improvement on a private course!
While private tuition is extremely beneficial in terms of language development, it doesn’t offer the social experience provided by group classes. Fortunately, we have the answer: combine the best of both courses with an Intensive + Private programme! By adding 6 or 10 one-to-one classes per week to your core course, you’ll receive the extra practice afforded by private lessons whilst still experiencing the social side of group tuition. Students who want to learn Business French can use their private lessons to cover professional vocabulary and topics relevant to corporate life. This option is available to students of all ability levels.
One reason many of our students want to learn French is to experience world-renowned French food. On our French & Cookery course, you can do just that, and learn first-hand the secrets of authentic French recipes under the careful instruction of a trained chef. This programme package combines the core Intensive course with 2 2-hour cookery workshops per week, where you’ll discover how to make delicious French dishes and learn the vocabulary needed to understand a French recipe. When you’ve finished, you can enjoy your creation with your classmates! This course is available throughout the year and is open to students with A2 or higher French ability.
The above courses are all available at both of our Paris school’s locations.
On the first day of lessons, you should arrive at the main school at 08:20. You will have already submitted a level test prior to arrival, which is used to assess your starting language ability and place you in a group that’s most suitable for that level. You will have a short oral assessment on arrival to verify the results of this test, before having your class placement and study location confirmed. This methodology provides students with the best possible opportunity to improve their language skills, regardless of their starting level.
In the afternoon/evening, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the school’s activity programme. At the end of your course, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement which can be used to demonstrate the French ability level you have reached during your time at the school.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us today to see if we can arrange a bespoke package for you!
Special courses in Paris
The best accompaniment to an immersive language experience is an immersive accommodation experience - i.e. staying with a local native speaker! Our homestay hosts all offer you the opportunity to practice your French skills outside the classroom and thus get the most out of your language course. Each host offers a private single or twin* bedroom and access to the home’s communal spaces including the living areas and bathroom(s). Some hosts can offer you access to your own private bathroom for an additional fee. You can select a self-catering package** - which gives you access to the home’s kitchen to cook your daily meals - a breakfast-included package, or a half-board package (breakfast and dinner). An additional supplement is charged for students who require a special diet (e.g. vegan, dairy-free, etc; doesn’t include vegetarian diets). Whichever option you select, bed linens and towels will be provided by your host(s) and changed weekly; your host(s) will either do your laundry for you or let you use the home’s facilities once a week. Hosts may live up to 50 minutes’ travel from the schools by public transport; if you prefer to be closer to the language centre, you can book a host within 20 minutes of the school for an additional fee. Most hosts have Wi-Fi access in the home, but you should advise us at the time of booking if this a requirement for you. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules. Please note that under-18s must book half-board homestay lodging.
** We highly recommend the half-board option, as it is not only cost-effective but also gives you guaranteed social time with your host(s) in the evening, and thus maximum language practice. The self-catering option offers much fewer opportunities for extra language practice, since you have less guaranteed time with your host(s).
For more independence, select one of the school’s student residences and stay in a single or twin room* with an en-suite bathroom. Residence rooms either have their own private kitchen or include access to an on-site communal kitchen. The school works with several year-round residences, all located within 20 minutes of the schools by public transport. In each location, bed linens are provided but towels are not, so you should bring your own. Coin-operated laundry facilities will be available on-site, and you’ll have access to all the communal spaces in the residence, which may include a lounge, a fitness room, and/or a study area. Wi-Fi is available in all residences. You will be responsible for leaving your room in a suitable condition; if needed, a cleaning charge will be applied at the end of your stay. Please note that students are placed based on availability at the time of booking. We are unable to guarantee any particular location for you.
In July and August, you can select university lodging and stay on-campus at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. The campus is located around 30 minutes from the language schools and offers private single or twin* bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi access. You’ll share the communal kitchen with the other residents; please note that crockery and utensils are not provided, so you will need to bring your own or buy supplies locally. This is a cost-effective and highly social option that’s great for students aged 18 - 25. Bed linens are provided and changed regularly; towels are not, so you should bring your own. A coin-operated laundry facility is available on-site. When staying here, you’ll have access to all the campus’ amenities including various eateries, a sports centre, and a cultural centre.
If you prefer total privacy and want a higher standard of accommodation, we may be able to arrange a studio apartment for you on request. Please get in touch to find out more about this option.
The above options are available to all students, regardless of whether you study at the Notre-Dame facility or the Victor Hugo facility.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together. If you select a shared room but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room.
As well as high-quality immersive language classes, our school also offers a wide range of social and cultural activities to keep you entertained. These generally take place in the afternoons, evenings, or at weekends; they’re designed to teach you more about the history and culture of Paris, give you a taste of daily life here, and help you to get to know your classmates. Almost all activities are all held in French, so you’ll be able to maintain your immersion and put your new language skills into practice in real-life scenarios.
Many activities are available free of charge, though some may incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:
- Guided tours of various areas of the city
- Visits to attractions, including art galleries, museums, and sites like the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the Fragonard perfumery
- Boat cruises on the Seine
- French film screenings
- Meals and/or drinks with your class
- Yoga lessons
- Cookery workshops
- Food- and wine-tasting sessions
- Full-day and/or weekend excursions to points of interest such as Normandy, Brittany, and the Loire Valley
- Plus seasonal activities available in the city
Sample activity programme
How to get there
Paris is served by two airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) and Paris Orly. Both are within 30 minutes’ drive of the city centre, and both are easily accessible from many worldwide locations.
From here, you can either make your own way to your lodging or we can arrange an airport transfer service for you. If you select this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your accommodation. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be taken back to your chosen airport in time for your departing flight. Transfer services are also available at all train stations in central Paris.
You should arrange to arrive in Paris on the Sunday before your course starts and to depart on the Saturday after it finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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